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Poster: jemajn2323 Date: Nov 12, 2008 4:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful to the Veterens

I'm 49, never served. In the early 80's I met some guys who served on a gunboat. One time, Jerry stayed up all night with me pouring his heart out. We emptied a bottle and I was forever changed. I remember a Sergeant speaking to our tour of Fort Indian Town Gap, including young children, remarking that war and fighting is the last measure any soldier would really like to see happen. When my son joined the Marines in 2004, I read some things. The most striking ( im a naive late bloomer, sorry), was referring to a person not fighting for country, flag, or unit, but for each others ass. I find it too simple to seperate politics and love and honoring of vets, even knowing the beliefs of those vets may be way different from my own. Thank you for posting the "Address", I consider it the ultimate in words of this subject.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 12, 2008 6:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful to the Veterens

That is absolutely the unifying theme of all the first hand accounts of all the wars I have read up on: individuals always finding valor, courage, bravery, and comradeship with their fellow servicemen. No matter how big the SNAFU, no matter how detached political abstraction from the reality on the ground, in country, you live and die for the guy next to you, and they in turn, and it's the only way you make it thru...

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 12, 2008 10:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful to the Veterens

From this vet to a parent of a servicemember.....

Next time you talk to your son, tell him thank you for his service.

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Poster: jemajn2323 Date: Nov 12, 2008 11:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful to the Veterens

Done

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Poster: jemajn2323 Date: Nov 12, 2008 12:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful to the Veterens

Please don't mix my jest with the intent:
Thank you for your service.
(I will be recieving a Gibbs like palm to the back of the head tonight at dinner)